What Makes A Hero? by Aimée Thurlo
I've been giving this a lot of thought lately. You see a lot of covers lately with shirtless men wearing a cowboy hat - that's supposed to say "hero". To me, that says eye-candy. Hero? Not the same thing.
I think we overuse the word, for one. My definition? Think of the men and women who heard the explosion at the Boston Marathon and ran TOWARD the chaos, not away.
A hero - well, that's the "right stuff". It's a blend of confidence, courage, and charisma. The guy doesn't even have to be good looking. Look at AJ Martinez. He's a soldier who was very badly burned, but his machismo - his beauty - out shines anything the eye can see. In fact, after a while, you don't even notice the burns. He inspired my upcoming Harlequin Intrigue titled Legacy of a Marked Man.
That's a hero. Looks? Well, that's not a lasting quality you can rely on. What's inside - that mark of individuality and courage that speaks louder than any photo - that's the real person. To me, that's what makes a hero. The rest - as they say is Lagniappe.
How do you define 'hero'?
Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry of Santa Fe, NM receiving the Medal of Honor for valor. Petry lost his right hand hand tossing aside a live grenade to spare the lives of fellow Army Rangers.